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Allah Ruling Blues 2

8/1 : The Metro tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati, KL, has been fire bombed in an attack that gutted its ground floor early this morning/MKINI

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Malaysian church fire-bombed ahead of Muslim protests

KUALA LUMPUR — A church in Malaysia has been fire-bombed in an attack that gutted its ground floor, church officials said Friday, escalating a dispute over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.

A fire department official said all stations were on alert for more blazes at religious buildings, ahead of planned nationwide protests Friday by Muslim groups angry over the use of the word as a translation for “God” by Christians. More

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10/1: More churches came under attack, with molotov cocktails being hurled at two in Taiping and black paint splashed on another in Malacca/MKINI

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Miri Church Attack Makes It Seven

UPDATED RAWANG, Jan 10 – A stone was thrown against a church in Miri today, making it the seventh attack in three days that is linked to the “Allah” ruling which …More

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Kelantan 1977 Revisited: To Understand Selangor 2010

The target is Selangor, the jewel in Pakatan Rakyat’s crown. Najib wants back Selangor and he wants it back this month. So Umno has to do a ‘Kelantan December 1977’ revisited to get back Selangor in January 2010. Raja Petra Kamarudin, The Corridors of Power. More

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In my earlier posting regarding this topic, I said something about religion that can lead to bloody wars. A lot has happened since my last post. This evening the church bashing tally has now escalated to 7. This time even one of the Borneo States, Sarawak, wasn’t spared.

It seems that some group is trying to provoke the Christians into rioting to the streets. I mean wouldn’t the organizers feel a wee bit embarrassed that their scheduled January 8th demonstration ended up having only 500 people that actually turned up?

Basically these guys were going aggressive while the group that they were trying to aggravate remained calm and composed.

After reading RPK’s above article then I understand the whole scenario; all these things that are happening are merely smoke-screens. The taking of Selangor was the agenda. I believe that after the fall of Selangor then the whole controversy would be resolved swiftly and amicably, just in time for GE 13.

That was the plan anyway. However by looking at the current situation it seems destined to becoming a flop.

You see, the one thing about Christianity, we were brought up in following Jesus’ teachings. One of them is patience. If somebody slaps you on the right cheek, offer him your left cheek. This is the practice of non-violence that Gandhi himself advocated. The British left India due to Gandhi’s endurance in withstanding their persecution. The same goes to Christians in Ancient Rome who were being persecuted in the Roman colosseums where they get devoured by lions.

I was in Church today and the priest talked about the attacks on the churches. He told us that being human, he felt like lashing out against these perpetrators but refrained himself. He said if we reacted aggressively to these attacks, we won’t be following Jesus’ teaching. He was hurting and angry but he didn’t tell us to take to the streets. He instead encouraged us to be calm, brave and to have faith in God.

Now, I am quite pessimistic when it comes to religion mostly due to the internal politicking within the institution. Even though I’ve been going t0 church all these while were only to please my family members and mostly my wife.

Today is different. I suddenly have a profound respect for my religion that teaches and practices peaceful means of resolving difficult situations.

Suddenly I’m glad that I’m part of a religion that’s so cool.

I guess I still have much to learn in this world and my faith in my religion has now been renewed.

Before I log-off, I would like to share one of the main prayers of which I believe is the anchor prayer that defines us as Christians…

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

Sabah’s 20 Points Agreement – My View

Flags of Sabah, Malaysia and spoiler(?) :D

Flags of Sabah, Malaysia and spoiler(?) 😀 maybe I should Photoshop this otherwise brilliant picture...

I guess I wasn’t the only one who detected 20 Points hint by Bernard Dompok.

Over in Malaysia Today, RPK himself posted his entry entitled ‘20-Point Agreement Between Sabah And Malaya‘, he opens with the below;

‘Now that 16 September, Malaysia Day, has been declared a public holiday from next year, let’s take it the next step and see what the 20-Point Agreement is all about, which has been a sore point for Sabah for a long time now, although Sarawak does not appear to be too flustered about it’s 18-Point Agreement’. Click here for more.

Yes the 20 Points Agreement between Sabah and Malaya was the basis of the formation of Malaysia.  I remember when I was a child, the grown-ups kept talking about it in the 80s at the height of the PBS government.

At that time the 20 Points was always the topic being uttered from coffee shops to offices.

Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan

Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan

It was so big an issue, Jeffery Kitingan went to jail because of that. He was being vocal to the point of suggesting secession. With that he was locked up by the ISA. I don’t remember for how long but it seemed quite long. He was also being regarded as a hero for Sabah. To know more of the 20 Points Agreement, click here.

While Jeffery’s approach was more direct (as PKR Vice-President he is still very much vocal) Bernard’s move is more behind the scene. Working from within to create the changes. It has taken him years but eventually the efforts are now in fruition.

Hopefully he would be able to negotiate in his own quiet way, the honoring of the 20-Points Agreement within the Federal Cabinet…

Of Corruption Or Of Hope?

There is corruption in Malaysia, though it was still at the first stage during my time, that is, the corrupt officers still hid their acceptance because they feared being apprehended or they did not like doing wrong openly,”  Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, January 27, 2009 (Bernama)

Now the officers do it openly and it is the way of life for us today. As you know, I have my own grievances with corruption. According to the Grand Old Man of Malaysia Politics, corruption is actually a social disease and it exists everywhere around the world.

Now if a Statesman (though a terribly flawed one) like of his caliber can say this, then what is the meaning of life now? Should we or should we not succumb to the pressures of corruption?

Last month we observed the political crisis that was (and still) brewing over first the cross-over of an UMNO Perak assemblyman to PKR. Later we witnessed the sudden disappearances of 2 PKR assemblymen who were suspected of jumping over to UMNO. The last few days ago, the Prime Minister hints on announcing the PKR duo crossover only to be sullied by the resignation letters that PKR held since the March 8 elections. PKR apparently made their candidates pre-signed their resignations as conditions in order to qualify as party candidates. The MB of Perak today met with the Sultan of Perak for 25 minutes to discuss the recent events. RPK has got these to say:

“The Perak Menteri Besar is currently in an audience with the Sultan of Perak to brief Tuanku on the current political crisis in Perak. Will the MB seek Tuanku’s consent to dissolve the Perak State Assembly so that fresh state elections can be held? I hope so. I think that fresh state elections should be held instead of just two by-elections in Behrang and Changkat Jering. Then, once and for all, Pakatan Rakyat can embark on a ‘house-cleaning’ exercise. All those unstable and suspect Wakil Rakyat can be dropped and replaced with more qualified candidates. As is stands now, some of the Pakatan Rakyat Wakil Rakyat sucks and I would not even trust them to walk my dog.”  Raja Petra Kamaruddin, February 2, 2009, Corridors of Power

“It may already be a foregone conclusion that the two PKR State Assemblymen from Perak would rather not go to jail. Never mind if they face fabricated charges and were set up. You still go to jail. Would you rather go to jail or accept power and plenty of money? Many would rather choose power and money over jail, unfortunately.”       Raja Petra Kamaruddin, February 1, 2009, No Holds Barred

I believe what RPK is saying. Hence his quotes above. Right now I find him to be Malaysia’s democratic conscience. How can one dispute the words of the man who risked his own personal freedom by holding steadfast to his principles? And how can one not help admire his audacity to dream and hope for a better Malaysia? 

Anyway, the leadership method in Malaysia has got to change. We should encourage politicians that aren’t  ready made millionaires and that they’re there for the people. The saddest thing about politics is that many of the leaders are in it for the power and money. Only a handful I find are there for the people.

Here’s a good excerpt from an interesting book:

” Absent great personal wealth, there is basically one way of raising the kind of money involved in the U.S. Senate race. You have to ask rich people for it. In the first three months of my campaign, I would shut myself in a room with my fund-raising assistant and cold-call previous Democratic donors. It was not fun. Sometimes people would hang up on me. More often their secretary would take a message and I wouldn’t get a return call, and I would call back two or three times until either I gave up or the person I was calling finally answered and gave me the courtesy of a person-to-person rejection. I started engaging in elaborate games of avoidance during call time-frequent bathroom breaks, extended coffee runs, suggestions to my policy staff that we fine-tune that education speech for the third and fourth time. At times during these sessions I thought of my grandfather, who in middle age had sold life insurance but wasn’t good at it. I recalled his anguish whenever he tried to schedule appointments with people who would rather have had a root canal than talk to an insurance agent, as well as the disapproving glances he received from my grandmother, who for most of their marriage made more money than he did.” Barrack Obama, The Audacity Of Hope (pages 110-111, Canongate Books,paperback 2008) 

In the end, the US Senator for Illinois became the 44th President of the United States of America. Pick up the book and read it, if you got time. President Obama is everyone’s inspiration right now especially at this trying times. For more on President Barrack Obama click here.

To conclude I understand that in life we are challenged everyday with the choices we make whether it is for good or bad. Whichever one we decide, we’ll always have to face the consequences and those decisions will help shape our destiny. With this, I will always choose hope over corruption.

Friday Night Laugh

I was reading RPK’s latest posting in No Holds Barred over at Malaysia Today. I had a good laugh after I read this excerpt…

Talking about PAS-Semangat 46 and the 1990 election, Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen (Ku Din), the current Chairman of the Umno Disciplinary Committee, was the Umno candidate for Kota Bharu in that election. He went around town to hand over RM50 notes to all the voters and they took the money but handed him back RM4.00.

Ku Din was puzzled as to why they took the RM50 but handed him back RM4.00 until one voter said, “Lima puloh tak seh. Amboh nak pat puloh neh.” (I don’t want 50. I want 46.)

Friday Night Laugh

I was reading RPK’s latest posting in No Holds Barred over at Malaysia Today. I had a good laugh after I read this excerpt…

Talking about PAS-Semangat 46 and the 1990 election, Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen (Ku Din), the current Chairman of the Umno Disciplinary Committee, was the Umno candidate for Kota Bharu in that election. He went around town to hand over RM50 notes to all the voters and they took the money but handed him back RM4.00.

Ku Din was puzzled as to why they took the RM50 but handed him back RM4.00 until one voter said, “Lima puloh tak seh. Amboh nak pat puloh neh.” (I don’t want 50. I want 46.)

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